Every now and then a candid portrait clicks. 🙂 Taken at a recent meet-up of Toronto film shooters.
Nikon N90s, Helios 44/2 58mm/2 lens, adapted for Nikon
Ilford FP4 film, developed as positive by DR5
Imperfection is the common theme this week; I talk about how I love the artistic effect of the optical imperfections of the Helios 44/2 lens, and the copy of got for my Nikon, tricked out to work on a Nikon body, by this clever technician (fascinating video by the way).
The other aspect of Imperfection is a reflection on my piano lessons and music, and dealing with the ups and downs of the creative process.
Here are a couple of examples of the swirly effect that is possible with the Helios 44 series of lenses.
I am continuing to experiment with my Helios 44/2 58mm f2 lens adapted for the Nikon mount. To get the signature swirly, out of focus bokeh this lens is known for having a suitable background a few feet away from the subject, as well as shooting wide open at f2. This attempt is from St. James Cemetery in Toronto, the subject being a tilted old memorial.
Nikon N90s, Helios 44/2 lens
Kodak TMax 400 film